How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Market

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The winter can be a tough time to show your home at its best. Landscaping, outdoor seating areas, and scenic views often lose their luster during the colder months, while interiors are more likely to feel dark and dreary. As the seasons begin to change, here are a few ways that you can address these challenges and ensure that your home maintains its appeal when you put it on the market this winter. 

Landscape Clean-Up
A lawn that’s full of dead leaves and other debris can be a major eyesore. That’s why it’s important to do a clean-up around the property at the end of autumn. This is a good opportunity to trim and prune plants, put away the patio furniture and replace old mulch to show that your grounds are well cared for. It might not be as breathtaking as a lush summer garden, but the outside of your home will still look much better after a clean-up. 

Keep It Cozy
You can add extra appeal by making the inside of your home feel warm and inviting. Cozy throws are great for decorating with once temperatures drop, and “winter-friendly” fabrics, like plaids and flannels, will always lend visual warmth. Seasonal aromas, such as cinnamon or pumpkin, can also contribute to the experience when prospective buyers are viewing your home. And, of course, make sure that your fireplaces are in working order so you can light a roaring fire to keep everyone toasty.

Look to the Lighting
When the sun starts setting earlier, lighting becomes all the more important. Try to capture as much natural light as possible during the day and make sure that your home is well lit in the evenings because it can easily be dark outside once a late afternoon showing ends. Installing a smart light system can be useful for setting your lights to automatically turn on at the right time each day.

Posted by
Joseph A. Zingales, Broker
The Zingales Team
440-346-2031 Cleveland Ohio (BHHS Professional Realty)
941-777-5041 Naples Florida (Real Estate By)

Comments (2)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Joseph,  Thank you for sharing these wonderful winter home showing strategies.   Having a cozy inside when coming in from the cold outside - can be very appealing.

Dec 17, 2020 12:13 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and make it a wonderful day!

Apr 08, 2021 07:29 AM